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Bright Future (2003)

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Original title: Akarui mirai


Release Date
 USA: Nov 12, 2004
DVD Release Date
 R1: Mar 8, 2005

Running Time
1 hour, 32 minutes

Country Japan

Studio Digital Site Corporation, Klock Worx Co., Uplink Co., Yomiuri Telecasting Corp.

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Other Titles
• Bright Future



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Genre: Drama, Psychodrama, Experimental

Plot: Tadanobu Asano and Joe Odagiri star as two friends who work part-time in a laundry factory in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's highly original BRIGHT FUTURE. Odagiri is Yuji Nimura, a messy, lazy slacker who has odd dreams at night of a future of hope and peace. His best friend, Mamoru Arita (Asano), meanwhile, is obsessed with his pet red jellyfish, a poisonous creature he is training to be able to survive in fresh water. After mysteriously presenting the marine invertebrate to Yuji, he even more mysteriously viciously murders his boss and willingly accepts his fate. While Mamoru is in prison, Yuji grows attached to the jellyfish and to his friend's estranged father, who repairs old televisions, radios, and lamps in his own cluttered shop. The very busy Asano (ICHI THE KILLER, THE BLIND SWORDSMAN: ZATOICHI, LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE) and Odagiri are excellent in the lead roles, filled with a quiet ennui and disassociation from the rest of the world. Longtime actor Tatsuya Fuji provides outstanding support as Mr. Arita, who becomes a kind of surrogate father to Yuji. Kurosawa, the director of such successful thrillers as DOPPELGANGER, PULSE, and CURE, here alternates between beautifully shot scenes and grainy set pieces, steady camerawork and handheld moments, keeping the audience perpetually

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 Directed by
Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Kairo (Pulse), Cure, Seance (Ko-Rei)
 Written by
Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Pulse, Kairo (Pulse), Cure
 Cast
Tadanobu Asano
Ichi the Killer, Zatoichi, Taboo (Gohatto)
Tatsuya Fuji
In the Realm of the Senses, Empire of Passion, Daikyoju Gappa
Takashi Sasano
Kakushi-ken: oni no tsume, Omocha, Bushi no ichibun
Ryo Kase
Nobody Knows, About Love, Party 7
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 Music By
Pacific 231
Robokon



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